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  • St. Nicholas visits IL

    Beverly Lengers
    Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church

    One of the complaints that Christians often voice at this time of year is that Christmas has become too commercialized and secularized. Far too many people observe Christ Mass without any acknowledgment of Christ at all. It’s all about parties and presents and television specials without any reverence for or meditation on the main focus of Christmas, namely, the incarnation of our Lord. Santa Claus gets more attention than Jesus.

  • $17,500 fundraising challenge match

    J. Marion Sims Foundation has announced another challenge to raise money for community-building efforts after an anonymous donor gave $25,000 in the first 48 hours to meet the last challenge.
    The foundation announced on Nov. 27 plans to donate $50,000 to the Lancaster County Community Foundation (LCCF) and match up to $25,000 more. One family stepped forward with the $25,000.
    Sims and two new partners in the effort – Founders Federal Credit Union and Springs Memorial Hospital – are now extending the dollar-for-dollar match up to $17,500 through March.

  • Christmas Basket still chipping away at $10K goal

    With the holiday upon us, HOPE in Lancaster is two-thirds of the way to its $10,000 goal for this year’s Ward Faulkenberry Sr. Christmas Basket Fund.
    The nonprofit by Friday had raised $6,420 in this year’s fundraising drive.
    HOPE Director Bekah Clawson said HOPE appreciates the donations that have come in so far and will keep pushing to meet the goal. In the past two years, the goal has been met by around the first of the year.

  • Parts of Buford will lose water service Tuesday

    Water service will be interrupted for about five hours this Tuesday in parts of the Buford community, as the Lancaster County Water and Sewer District replaces water-line valves.
    Water will be shut off from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for some customers near the Buford schools, along parts of S.C. 522, Tabernacle Road, Thompson Road, Red Doc Road and Pink Plyler Road.
    “We planned it around the school dismissals because we didn’t want to disrupt the schools,” said
    LCWSD Manager Stephen White.

  • Transportation issue keeps Mackey’s bikes close to home

    Gonzie’s Miracle Bikes for Kids will go only to local kids again this year, after transportation issues scrapped plans to send a large load of bikes to Texas hurricane victims.
    City council member Gonzie Mackey could not find anyone to transport the bikes to Texas in the last few weeks, so the charity’s effort will stay close to home.
    “We’re just going to focus on the local kids in this community,” Mackey said.

  • Tributes for Heath Springs' Mayor Taylor, who runs last meeting at 91

    HEATH SPRINGS – Mayor Ann Taylor banged the gavel for the last time Tuesday, presiding over her final town council meeting after doing so for a quarter century.
    It was a bittersweet occasion for Taylor, 91, and she had to sit through tributes from citizens and her council colleagues.
    Town resident William Murphy thanked Taylor, saying she  “stayed the course” through good and bad times.

  • Local man shot dead, suspect gives up

    A Lancaster man was charged with murder Friday in the overnight shooting of man in a residential area off Chesterfield Avenue.
    Dequavis Laquail Blackmon, 28, turned himself in Friday and was charged with killing 34-year-old Antwan Deshawn James of Lancaster. Blackmon was also charged with possession of a firearm during a violent crime.
    Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to 1133 Faile St., just outside the Lancaster city limits, about 11:30 p.m. Thursday.

  • Fire destroys Brooklyn Avenue home

    Fire destroyed a Brooklyn Avenue home on Friday morning. Firefighters from multiple county fire departments were called to the scene about 10:49 a.m. No one was there at the time and the home was a total loss. For more, see the Sunday, Dec. 24 edition of The Lancaster News.

  • Village full of memories

    Christmas is Nancy Glenn Johnson’s favorite time of year.
    “It’s about Jesus Christ, our families and friends, and spending time with each of them,” she said.
    Those priorities have deeper meaning for the mother and grandmother this holiday season as she battles pancreatic cancer.
    And so has “Johnsonville,” which is what she calls the 3,000-plus-piece Christmas village that takes up almost half the dining room in her and husband Joe’s home on Dahlia Road.

  • Volunteers stage huge free lunch

    Wednesday’s relentless downpour did not keep volunteers at the Feed the Community Lunch from firing up their huge grills and getting to work.
    The smell of over 1,200 freshly charred hamburgers and hotdogs wafted through the air under the barn-like shelter in the parking lot of the old Ace hardware store on South Market Street.
    “This is just something we do, that we are passionate about,” said Charlie Simpson, pastor at Hyde Park Baptist Church. “We’ve been doing this for five years, and all we do is the beans.”